Suicide Myths & Facts
Studies have found that more than 75% of all completed suicides did things in the few weeks or months prior to their deaths to indicate to others that they were in deep despair. Anyone expressing suicidal feelings needs immediate attention.
Myth: If a someone is going to kill himself, nothing can stop him.
The fact that a person is still alive is sufficient proof that part of him wants to remain alive. The suicidal person is ambivalent -- part of him wants to live and part of him wants not so much death as he wants the pain to end. It is the part that wants to live that tells another I feel suicidal. If a suicidal person turns to you it is likely that he believes that you are more caring, more informed about coping with misfortune, and more willing to protect his confidentiality. No matter how negative the manner and content of his talk, he is doing a positive thing and has a positive view of you.
Help Prevent Suicide by Getting educated and informed. Pass out resources to those who need it. It doesn't cost you anything but a few minutes of your time to hand someone a hotline number and/or a place they can find help. Don't just walk away when someone is in need.
Some people might say "But how about the people who use suicide as a cry out for attention?". If you have handed them resources of where to get help, did you lose anything but your time? You are still able to help by doing only that at least.
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